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ROBERTSON SLAMS SCOTS OVERSTAFFING

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Scottish Office minister Raymond Robertson has accused Scottish councils of over-staffing and attacked predictions ...
Scottish Office minister Raymond Robertson has accused Scottish councils of over-staffing and attacked predictions of widespread job losses.

The number of employees has risen by 2,600 over the past two years rather than falling, said the minister for education and housing, responding to the publication of the latest Scottish Joint Staffing Watch survey.

Mr Robertson said that staffing levels, taking account of adjustments for changes in responsibilities, had increased for the 10th successive year.

However, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities pointed out there had only been a 0.19% increase in staffing figures over the last year, with the creation of 418 new jobs.

Any increases could be explained by changes in government policy, Cosla argued.
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